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"Not My Kid" community education planned
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“Not my Kid” community education event planned

“NOT MY KID” is a health promotion, community education event that will be of interest to parents, grandparents, teachers, nurses, the media and anyone working at the front line in health care or social services.

The City of Windsor and downtown Leamington are “hot spots” for opioid addiction and overdose deaths. The rate of death from opioid overdose in these two areas is double the Ontario average and that was in 2015. Overdose rates have tripled since 2003.

The Windsor-Essex County Public Health Unit is leading in the development of a plan to deal with what has been declared a local crisis. Hospitals, emergency services and the OPP are engaged in the development of a prevention strategy.

Parents, grandparents, teachers, community service providers and recovered people with lived experience have a lot to offer to the parents and educators of adolescents.

The event is happening on May 24 at 6:30 p.m. at the Kingsville Community Church on Division Road. More than 300 people attended a similar event in LaSalle in March.

What you will learn at this event is what kind of behaviours can indicate addiction in youth; what you should do and say, how to intervene in a way that supports your child; and what kind of help is in our community if it does happen.

You will learn from young recovered people with lived experience and others who are coming together as a team to improve the health and safety of the families in our community.

 

 

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